Michiel Schaeffer

Science Director, Climate Analytics (Berlin), Guest member Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University

Dr Michiel Schaeffer is a biophysicist with a PhD in Dynamic Meteorology at University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He specializes in the interactions between atmosphere, ocean, ecosystems and society. He is a co-founder of Climate Analytics and leads the Science Team. He is currently affiliated with Environmental System Analysis, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). Earlier he worked a.o. as senior researcher on Earth System science at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and at Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Based from 2005 to 2009 in Accra, Ghana and in Kigali, Rwanda, he has worked on building up co-operation with applied scientists and policy makers in the Western and Eastern-African regions on the subject of climate change research and policy applications. He focuses on bringing together the scientific assessments with the policy applications for all projects that are carried out by Climate Analytics.

His scientific publication record spans the full range of climate-related disciplines, from core climate science to impacts, adaptation and mitigation, with numerous peer-reviewed publications, including in Nature, Science, Nature Climate Change, PNAS, GRL, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Climatic Change, Journal of Climatology, Climate Dynamics, Regional Environmental Change, etc. and contributions to IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. He also frequently contributes to international scientific assessment processes that lead to e.g. UNEP Emissions Gap reports, UNEP Africa's Adaptation Gap reports, UNEP Adaptation Gap Reports and World Bank Turn Down the Heat reports.


  • –present
    Science Director, Climate Analytics, Berlin; Guest member Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen University


  • 2005 
    Utrecht University, PhD Dynamic Meteorology